The Reed Institute for the Advanced Study of Leadership and the Elwood Center for Student Success (CSS) host an award convocation on during Chapel each Spring semester to honor the lifetime leadership of a selected individual. This award program is designed to challenge students, faculty, and staff at Olivet by highlighting select men and women who exemplify certain leadership qualities and characteristics. In addition to honoring an individual, the CSS sponsors the ONU Reed Leadership Essay Contest. All SOPHOMORES are invited to write a paper based on a prompt which is provided. A first-place cash prize of $500, a second-place cash prize of $250, and a third-place cash prize of $100 will be awarded to three students by a panel of judges. Winners’ papers are displayed on the Benner Library Digital Commons.

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Submissions from 2017

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1st Place Essay: A New Weapon, Jennifer Cox

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2nd Place Essay: Called to Lead, Timothy Mayotte

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3rd Place Essay: Christian Leadership in Modern Culture, Rachel Tobey

Submissions from 2014

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1st Place Essay: Leadership: Fulfilling the Purpose of Art, Amanda Johnson

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2nd Place Essay: The Art of Leadership, Bailey Heemstra

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3rd Place Essay: Leadership: A New Art, Matthew D. Reed

Submissions from 2013

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1st Place Essay: Bringing Revival to Central and Eastern Europe, Chelsea Risinger

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2nd Place Essay: Leading without Limits, Whitney Knox

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3rd Place Essay: Serving God on the Mission Field, Abbie Allen

Submissions from 2012

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1st Place Essay: The Head of the Body, Anna Stiker

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2nd Place Essay: The World Needs Leaders with Integrity, Nicholas Eckart

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3rd Place Essay: What is the Role of Integrity in Leadership?, Michelle Pinkney

Submissions from 2011

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1st Place Essay: True Christian Leadership, Kolby Meador

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2nd Place Essay: The Best Leaders Are Those Who Serve, Rachel Groters

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3rd Place Essay: Leadership, Kristin Thompson

Submissions from 2010

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1st Place Essay: The Penthouse of Leadership, Blaine Manning

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2nd Place Essay: On Becoming a True Leader, Connor Dimick

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3rd Place Essay: Authenticity in Leadership, Victoria Smallegan